Championship side Barnsley have been given permission to speak to St. Mirren manager Jack Ross, according to the Scottish Sun.

The Tykes have identified to the Scottish boss as a potential replacement for Paul Heckingbottom, who left them to join their Yorkshire rivals Leeds United last week.

They have also been linked with Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy, Simon Grayson (now at Bradford City) and Darren Moore. However, they now looked to have turned their attentions to Jack Ross.

The 41 year-old has caught the eye this season in Scotland having guided St. Mirren to the top of the Scottish Championship. They look destined for a promotion to the top flight as it stands but may have to face losing their manager now, which will be a huge blow to them.

Ross played for the likes of Cylde, Hartlepool United, Falkirk, St. Mirren, Hamilton and Dunfermline as a player. After retiring, he had some coaching roles at Dumbarton and Hearts before getting his first managerial role with Alloa Athletic in 2015.

He left Alloa second in the Scottish League One to join St. Mirren in October 2016. Since taking charge of St. Mirren, Jack Ross has a win percentage of 52%.

He is seen as one of the brightest young managers in Scotland but if he does get snapped up by Barnsley he will face a huge task in trying to keep them in the Championship this season. Nevertheless, it will be a great opportunity for him to make a name for himself in England.



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